Perdiddle! Slug Bug! Mustang! Cruiser Bruiser!
We’ve played them all, entertaining ourselves and annoying friends and family alike on many a car ride. But the same road trip games can get boring over and over again. The solution is yet another game you can play in the car, where you get to shout every time, “I win!”
This game goes by the name of Yellow Car, and the rules are pretty easy to grasp. It’s easy for everyone, even the driver of the vehicle, to play on the road. All you have to do is look for a Yellow Car.
The Rules of Yellow Car
All players must be sitting in (or on, in the case of a motorcycle or bike) a wheeled vehicle. The game does not start until all parties are inside the vehicle and the doors (if applicable) are closed.
When you see a yellow vehicle, you shout “I win!” The first person to shout it out, is the winner. They will remain the winner until someone else shouts it first the next time a yellow vehicle is spotted.
There are no points, and if two people shout “I win!” at the same time, it is a tie and both players win.
The vehicle must be yellow, and there must not be any debate between players about the color. The majority of players must agree that the called car is in fact yellow.
All players must verify that they have seen the yellow vehicle in question, or else state that they give the benefit of the doubt to the player that there was a yellow vehicle. Cheating is pointless, because there are no points, plus it ruins the fun!
The vehicle must not be, in any shape or form, a service vehicle. No taxis, school busses, or construction vehicles.
The vehicle must not have any company logos. A stripped truck that is privately owned and does not have any logos on it, can still count.
Vehicles for sale on the street, in dealerships, or in used car lots do not count!
The vehicle must have at least one wheel. It can be an out-of-commission vehicle that no longer works, as long as it at one point was a working vehicle. Technically, this means if you are in a restaurant with booths that were once cars, or a diner car from a train, you can still play Yellow Car.
The game resets every single time all parties exit the car and then get back in again. This means that if someone calls “I win!” on a vehicle in the parking lot, and everyone gets out to go shopping, when everyone gets back into the car that same vehicle can be called again by anyone.
Notes and Other Rules
Yellow Car is so easy to play because of the nature of yellow vehicles to stand out among others on the road. They also aren’t very common in comparison with other colors such as red, or blue. Plus, it is very hard to mistake it for another color during the day (unless you are driving towards the sun; this can make it very challenging to see which cars are yellow). Conversely, Yellow Car becomes more challenging at night, because many street lamps take on a yellowish hue. This can make it easy to mistake white cars for yellow ones, or vice versa. You may wish to implement bonus points or wins for vehicles spotted during blinding sunshine or dark evenings.
The rules of course can be changed depending on the players involved, but these are the basics. One way people have augmented the rules of this game is to include metallic gold vehicles, which can be called for an “Olympic Gold Win.” However, “Olympic Gold Win!” must be called rather than the standard “I win!” in order for it to count.
One other rule that is sometimes implemented is when a particular car “lives” in a space (the owner’s driveway or their workplace, for example). Some players may choose to say these cars don’t count. In that same vein, one may choose to exclude a specific car (an old rusted El Camino in someone’s yard, for example). These cars would not count towards a win.
There you have it! The rules of Yellow Car, and some ideas on how to augment the game to suit your playing style. Drive safe, and game on!